Zombies have a chance of spawning with Armor and/or Tools. This makes them stronger, and if they have a Helmet, they will not burn in sunlight; however, the Helmet will lose durability and eventually break; afterwards, the Zombie will burn.
Baby Zombies are variants of Zombies that have a 5% chance to spawn in place of any regular Zombie. They run faster than the Player, and do not burn in sunlight (Until Beta 18.104.22.168), which makes them more deadly.
Zombies will pursue any Players within a 40-Block radius and will attack by swinging their arms at their target. The damage they do is inversely proportionate to their health, and will set Players on Fire if they themselves are on fire. On Hard Mode, Zombies are able to break down Wooden Doors.
Zombies will pursue and try to kill any Villagers within a 40 block radius. If a Zombie kills a Villager while on Hard mode, the Villager will always turn into a Zombie Villager. On lower modes of difficulty, the chance is lower.
Zombies are easy to kill with a Sword, preferably Stone or above. A Bow and Arrow can also be used when fighting large groups of Zombies. It is also effective to use Splash Potions of Healing to kill large, clustered groups.
- After Fire was removed in Update 0.3.0 due to bugs, Zombies emitted smoke and received damage until they died.
- However, since Fire was added again, Zombies now visually burn in sunlight.
- Zombies will not burn when standing in shade or in Water and will seek protection from the Sun. However, when in pursuit of a Player or Villager they will not seek protection from the Sun.
- Zombies were the first Hostile Mob added to Minecraft.
- In Minecraft Pocket Edition Lite, Zombies were the only Hostile Mob.
- Zombies have the same face as the Player's default Skin (Steve), except recolored green and black.
- Before Update 0.11.0, Zombies dropped Feathers instead of Rotten Flesh.
- After Update 1.3, if a Zombie drowns, it will become a Drowned.
- Zombies have a desert counterpart, which is called the Husk.
- They also have an underwater counterpart, called the Drowned.
PassiveSheep • Cow • Mooshroom • Pig • Bat • Villager • Chicken • Squid • Turtle • Rabbit
HostileZombie (Zombie Villager • Husk) • Skeleton (Stray) • Creeper • Slime • Spider • Cave Spider • Guardian • Vex • Vindicator • Evoker • Ghast • Blaze • Magma Cube • Wither Skeleton • Witch • Endermite • Shulker • Silverfish
NeutralZombie Pigman • Enderman • Spider • Cave Spider • Polar Bear • Dolphin
TamableWolf • Ocelot • Horse • Llama
BossesEnder Dragon • Wither • Elder Guardian
Utility MobsIron Golem • Snow Golem
JockeysSpider Jockey • Chicken Jockey